Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination Information for Healthcare Providers
On October 25, 2017, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted that Shingrix® is:
- recommended for healthy adults aged 50 years and older to prevent shingles and related complications
- recommended for adults who previously received the current shingles vaccine (Zostavax®) to prevent shingles and related complications
- the preferred vaccine for preventing shingles and related complications
Once approved by the CDC director, these ACIP recommendations will be published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. At that time, the recommendations will become official policy.
One of the Recommended Vaccines by Disease
Zostavax® was licensed by the FDA in 2006. This vaccine reduces the risk of developing shingles by 51% and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) by 67%. It is administered subcutaneously as a single dose, and can be given in a doctor’s office or pharmacy. CDC recommends shingles vaccine for people age 60 years and older. Even people who have had shingles can receive the vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.
- Page last reviewed: November 22, 2016
- Page last updated: October 27, 2017
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